To me, the magnificence of Angkor Wat could well surpass the architectural and sculptural genius of many of the great cathedrals of Europe. The immense size of the temple complex and the huge number of intricately carved bas-reliefs makes Angkor Wat truly magical. The best way to visit Angkor Wat is to arrive very early in the morning and start at the exit. This will give you time to view the bas-reliefs in the southern and western galleries before the onslaught of tourists arrive through the main entrance. This same approach works well at many of the other temples in Angkor. Our private tour guide had it right!